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In From the Storm: Resident Leadership

David Brown spent twenty-five years homeless on the streets of Philadelphia before coming into Project HOME’s James Widener Ray Homes in 2013. It wasn’t an easy transition. “I slept on the floor of my new place for three weeks before I would get in my bed,” he says. “After two decades on the streets, I was only comfortable on the floor.”

We came with a set of goals. We wanted to strengthen our relationships and collaboration. We wanted to build skills in leadership, teambuilding, and problem-solving. And we wanted to figure out our priorities for the next few months. And the beach—specifically the Sisters of Mercy retreat house at Sea Isle—seemed the place to tackle them.

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